Sares to launch assault on powerlifting records in 2017

CONWAY — North Conway's Ted Sares has uplifting plan for 2017. If all goes well in training and whatever injuries he incurs are not too serious, Sares has his sights sets on some major powerlifting accomplishments.

When asked if he expected injuries, he replied, "Unfortunately I do. Sprains, strains, and attendant pain come with the territory, not to mention arthritis in my case."

Speaking of pain, in January, Sares tuned up by competing in a Strong Man Contest in Boston, where he did well enough in the Hex Bar deadlift, Buffalo squat and cheat curl to get a trophy. He also tried his hand on the brutal sled pull and was able to pull 550 pounds but was unable to push it.

His first planned event will be April 1 at the Elite Powerlifting Federation's Tri-State Championships at the legendary Galaxy Gym in Moutonboro. He then competes in his fourth consecutive EPF Nationals in Johnston, R.I., on April 29, and hopes to break his own EPF squat record at this well-attended event with competitors from all over the country.

Shares said he will rest in May, June and July. On Aug. 22, he strays a bit and will do the shot put at the N.H. Senior Games in Manchester. This will be his first competition of any kind as an octogenarian. He has competed before in these Games but by his own admission, did not do well. He said that won't happen this time.

In the fall, Sares plans to participate in his third straight Hayward Memorial in Fair Haven, Vt. Sanctioned by the Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate, he hopes to break two world records, keeping in mind that this will be his first post-80 lifting event.

Sares bookends the year at the hard-core "Beasts from the East" EPF Tournament at the Heavy Metal Gym in Gilford, in which some of the best lifters in the Northeast will compete, including a team from Galaxy Gym.

Sares will share his journey from struggle with physical health to becoming strong and taking control of his mind and body when he does a powerlifting chat at the Ham Room at the Conway Public Library on March 22 (6 p.m.). He learned that with the right support anyone can achieve their fitness goals. Healthy snacks will be provided.

Let the assault begin.


Doherty anchors U.S. relay team to 12th

RUHPOLDING, Germany — The fifth BMW IBU World Cup of the season got underway Wednesday in Ruhpolding with the men's 4x7.5-kilometer relay highlighting the first day of the five-day event. The U.S. team of Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.), Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.), Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) and Sean Doherty (Center Conway) placed 12th in the 25-team field, finishing two minutes, 4.6 seconds back with one penalty and seven spares.

The Norwegian quartet of Ole Einar Bjoerdalen, Vetle Sjastad Christiansen, Henrik L'Abee-lund and Emil Hegle Svendsen won the men's relay with five spare rounds in 1:13:40 for their third consecutive relay victory in Ruhpolding.

Russia finished second with two spares, 5.1 seconds back, while the home team, Germany, grabbed the final spot on the podium, with one penalty and nine spares, 17.9 seconds behind.

The final leg was a neck-and-neck battle between the North American teams. Doherty needed one extra shot in both prone and standing and was just nipped by 0.2 seconds at the finish line by the Canadian team for 11th place.

"I am very happy with the race today," Doherty said. "It is a big step in the right direction. I am excited to be getting into race shape and looking forward to the sprint."

"With Sean and I just now getting the first races under our belts, I think we can expect more from the next relay,” said Nordgren.

Competition at the BMW IBU World Cup 5 continues Thursday with the women's 4x6K relay featuring the American team of Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.), Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Joanne Reid (Boulder, Colo.) and Maddie Phaneuf (Old Forge, N.Y.). Live streaming coverage begins at 8:30 a.m. EST on


Lastra named NE-10 Rookie of the Week

EASTON, Mass. — Stonehill College women's track and field freshman Anna Lastra (Bridgton, Maine/Fryeburg Academy) has been named the Northeast-10 Conference's Track Rookie of the Week, announced by the conference on Monday.

Lastra opened up with her first collegiate indoor track and field meet on Saturday, January 14 at the Beantown Challenge, hosted by Harvard University. The freshman posted a personal best time of 5:10.95 in the mile run finishing eighth in the 20 runner event. The Bridgton, Maine native finished behind seven Division I institutions including UMass Lowell, Harvard, UMass Amherst, Northeastern, and Rutgers. This was also the third best time in the NE10 this past weekend.

Stonehill competes at the URI Sorlein Invitational next on Saturday, January 21 with an 11:00 a.m. start time at the Mackal Fieldhouse in Kingston, Rhode Island.

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Guinard off to a great start down under

By Lloyd Jones

CONWAY — Sean Guinard struck out six and and scattered three hits over six shutout innings on Saturday to lead the Canberra Cavalry to a 7-0 victory over the Perth Heat in the Australian Baseball League.

Guinard, who grew up in North Conway and was a three-sport standout at Kennett High School (a 2006 graduate, improved to 2-1 on the season with the win in the seven-inning game.

It's the second straight dominating performance against Perth by Guinard. On Dec. 18, he tossed a complete-game shutout in Canberra, allowing five runs over seven innings while striking out three and walking two.

"From the first pitch, Perth struggled to make any impression on the pitching of Guinard, who continued his fine form on the mound this season, pitching 7 innings without conceding a run," the Cavalry Facebook page stated.

Now age 30, Guinard is off to a strong start on the mound for the Cavalry. He's made six starts for the club this season, posting an earned run average of 2.63, putting him third among the league leaders.

The right-hander is 2-1, and had pitched 27 and a third innings while allowing 24 hits, walking 16 (he walked just four on Saturday) and striking out 15.

Opponents are hitting just .247 off the former KHS athlete.

This is Guinard's second stint with Canberra, having played briefly with the team during the 2012-13 season.

Canberra is 13-11 on the season and currently resides in second place (behind the Melbourne Aces, 18-6) in the six-team league.

Perth its at the bottom of standings at 8-16.

Guinard's next project start is likely to come this weekend at Adeline (12-12).

Guinard and Taryn, his wife, live in Canaberra with their son, Hudson.

You can follow Guinard and the Cavalry on the team website: or on Facebook at Canaberra Cavalry.